Tuesday, January 21, 2014

When the Rogue Returns, It's Time to Read a New Historical

(from usatoday.com
by Joyce Lamb)

Here are some newer historical romances, compiled for you and HEA by some of our favorite authors (info provided by publishers and/or their websites):

The following new releases were compiled for HEA by Elizabeth Boyle is the author of 22 Regency set historicals. Her most recent, If Wishes Were Earls, is available now. Find out more at www.ElizabethBoyle.com.

When the Rogue Returns by Sabrina Jeffries (Pocket). Victor Cale never imagined that his sweet, shy bride, Isabella, would use her talent for creating exquisite imitation jewels in a criminal way. But there's no denying that Isa's handiwork was used in the brazen heist of the Dutch royal family's diamonds—after she disappeared into the night. Ten years later, still reeling from her betrayal and enraged that her duplicitous side was so undetectable, Victor is sent to Edinburgh to investigate a wealthy baron's mysterious bride-to- be. Simple enough—until the "fiancée" proves to be Isa, masquerading as an alluring young widow.

A Kiss of Lies by Bronwen Evans (Loveswept). Desperate to escape her abusive past, Sarah Cooper disguises herself as a governess in the employ of Christian Trent, Earl of Markham. As she accompanies Christian on his voyage home, Sarah must resist her intense desires—or risk revealing her dangerous secrets. Christian believes the life he knew—and any chance of happiness—is over . . . until his ward's governess sparks his heart back to life, and makes him remember the man he used to be. Now Christian is determined to return to England, regain his honor, and win the heart of the woman he has come to love.

Portrait of a Scandal by Annie Burrows (Harlequin). Her heart and hope long since shattered, Amethyst Dalby is content with her life as an independent woman. With wealth of her own, and no one to answer to, she is free to live as she pleases. Until a trip to Paris throws her into contact with the one man who still has a hold over her—the bitter but still devastatingly sensual Nathan Harcourt. Living as an artist, this highborn gentleman has been brought low by scandal—and he is determined to show Amethyst that life is much more fun if you walk on the dark side.

Rebel Love by Scarlett Scott (Ellora's Cave Blush). Book two in the Heart's Temptation series. Lady Arabella de Vere's matchmaking mother has vowed to win her a duke. But Bella secretly yearns for her brother's enigmatic American friend, Mr. Jesse Whitney, even if he's determined to treat her as nothing more than a younger sister. A Confederate veteran adrift since the Civil War's end, Jesse's been through the fires of hell and back. He knows he should stay away from Bella, but she sees past his façade to the wounded soldier within, and he's sorely tempted to take what can never be his. One stolen kiss in the gardens turns into a wild passion neither can resist, despite the risks for both of them. When Jesse's past rips him away from Bella with devastating consequences, he must win back her love before he loses her forever.

The following new releases were compiled for HEA by Becky Lower, author of The Tempestuous Debutante. Her website is www.beckylowerauthor.com.

Scandal in Silver by Sandra Chastain (Random House). Captain Quinton Colter and his small band of Confederate soldiers are deep in Colorado territory when they are ambushed by Union troops. En route to trial in Fort Collins, Colter and his men are rescued by an unconventional woman who brings them to her home to hide out. If war has taught Colter anything, it's that nothing comes free . . . so what's her true motive? Sabrina Alexander regrets her impulsive decision to free Colter's men, but after her father's death, she and her four sisters need help to keep food on the table. They've recently discovered a silver mine on their property, and the Alexanders can't work it alone. Trust doesn't come easily for Sabrina or Colter. But to survive, they will need to rely on each other, opening the door for true love—and a future that neither would have ever imagined.

Daughter of Sherwood: the Guardians of Sherwood Trilogy Book One by Laura Strickland (The Wild Rose Press). Raised in the kitchens of Nottingham Castle, Wren has no idea she is the daughter of the legendary Robin Hood until she is summoned to Sherwood Forest. Since Robin's death many years before, the resistance against Norman tyranny has been upheld by a magical triad, but now one of the guardians has died. With two young men, Sparrow and Martin, Wren must form a new triad with a bond strong enough to defend Sherwood's magic. To one of them, she will also give her heart. From the moment Wren bursts into his life, Sparrow loves her. But he knows she may choose his lifelong rival, Martin, as her mate. Martin wants Wren also, but Sparrow fears Martin is driven not by love but ambition. When Martin is captured and held at Nottingham Castle, will the conflict between love and duty destroy the triad?

The following new releases were compiled for HEA by Ruth A. Casie, author of The Guardian's Witch. Her website is RuthACasie.com.

The Physician's Irish Lady by Susan Macatee (The Wild Rose Press). Irish native, Keara Fagan, is on the run in America. Dr. Elliot James is taken by surprise when a young woman faints at his feet as he travels by train from Philadelphia to York. Enchanted by her beauty and touched by her dignity, he buys her a meal and offers her a place to stay in his small Pennsylvania town. But is an abusive husband pursuing her, or someone more sinister?

Secrets, Spies & Sweet Little Lies by Tara Kingston (Tara Kingston). Emma Davenport was a model senator's daughter: prim, proper, but hell-bent on escaping the dreaded fate of spinsterhood. She was going to be a bride, and no one was going to stop her—not even the daring renegade who steals her from a train transporting her to a forbidden marriage. Her mysterious captor is a dangerous man, but the pleasure of his touch proves a more potent threat than any weapon. Major Cole Travis is a battle-seasoned spy, as skilled with deception as he is with a gun. Keeping his beautiful prisoner from her rendezvous with a treacherous scoundrel shouldn't be a challenge—but he's not the only one after the senator's daughter. He'll risk his neck to shield her, but protecting her from his own heart's desire is another story entirely.

Pistols, Parasols & Passionate Little Lies by Tara Kingston (Tara Kingston). Passion flares when an alluring but no-nonsense petticoat spy recruits a daring Union agent for a desperate mission. Amanda Emerson needs a man with guts and a gun—a man heroic enough to break a notorious double agent out of a Confederate prison. But first, she'll have to save her hero's own neck. Caught with Rebel plans and set for a hanging, Union spy Steve Dunham's luck has run out—until a cunning beauty engineers his escape. Steve may be trading one execution for another, but the tempting—and off limits—operative draws him into the perilous mission. Falling for Amanda is a complication he can't afford. But even a man on a mission has to follow his heart.

If you're an author who has an upcoming new romance, you can send information about the book (subgenre, title, author, publisher, release date, 75ish-word blurb) to happyeverafterusat@gmail.com. Please include "new release historical" (or whatever subgenre it is) in the subject line. HEA will do its darnedest to get your listing into a new releases post as close to your publication date as possible. All romances and subgenres are accepted, including self- and indie-pubbed.